The head is a well-proportioned, wedge shape that is moderately broad
between the ears and tapers evenly toward the muzzle. Head length is approximately
twice the width of the skull. Males should look powerfully masculine without
coarseness and bitches should look feminine without over-refinement. From
the front, the sides of the wedge taper evenly from the ears to a full
muzzle, without prominent cheeks or a pinched muzzle. When viewed from
the side, the skull and muzzle are parallel to one another and joined
by a shallow but definite stop.
The skull is moderately broad between the ears and tapers toward the muzzle.
At its broadest point, the width of the skull should be approximately
equal to its length. The low set of the ears makes the skull appear broader
than it is. A disproportionately narrow skull is to be penalized. Viewed
from the side, the topline of the skull is slightly flattened.
The length of the muzzle, measured from stop to the end of the nose, is
equal to the length of the skull, measured from occiput to stop. The jaw
is strong and the muzzle is full and well-filled in under the eyes. When
viewed from the side, the line at the underjaw is almost parallel to the
top line of the muzzle. Lips are black and tightly closed.
The Canaan Dog has a complete set of qood-size, evenly spaced, white teeth
meeting in a scissors or level bite.
The nose is solid black. In some light-colored dogs, the pigment of the
nose may fade somewhat during the winter months. This is not desirable
but should not be severely penalized. In profile, the nose is on the same
line as the top of the muzzle and extends somewhat beyond the lower jaw.
The eyes are of medium size, almond-shaped, and set slightly obliquely.
Dark brown eyes are strongly preferred. Lighter eyes are less desirable
and the lighter the eye, the more serious the fault. Hazel or yellow eyes
are serious faults. Dark eye rims are essential.
Well proportioned, blunt wedge shape of medium length, appearing
broader due to low set ears. Skull somewhat flattened. Some width allowed
in powerful male heads. Stop shallow but defined. Muzzle sturdy, of moderate
length and breadth. Jaws should be strong. Lips tight. Nose black.
Dark brown, slightly slanted, almond shaped. Dark rims essential.
Full dentition with scissors or level bite.
the length exceeding the breadth and depth considerably. Wedge-shaped,
when viewed from above. Slightly arched when viewed from the side, tapering
to stop. The region of the forehead is of medium width, but appearing
broader through ears set low to complete an alert expression, with a slight
furrow between the eyes. Expression--Alert, watchful and inquisitive.
Dignified. Eyes--Dark, almond-shaped, slightly slanted. Varying
shades of hazel with liver-pointed dogs. Eye rims darkly pigmented or
of varying shades of liver harmonizing with coat color. Fault--Unpigmented
eye rims. Stop--Slightly accentuated. Muzzle--Tapering to
complete the wedge shape of the head. Length equal to or slightly longer
than the length of the skull from the occiput to stop. Whisker trimming
optional. Nose--Darkly pigmented or varying shades of liver, harmonizing
with coat color. Lips--Tight with good pigmentation. Bite--Scissors.
eyes, ear set and pigmentation, but the head is an equilateral triangle
instead of the desired wedge shape
expression, correct eye shape
pigmentation is possible, even in a white dog